Saturday, August 25, 2012

I Maaaaaade it!

Well, I made it through my first week of school! We had our ups and downs, dare I say but we made it.  I do have to put out there that I have some major challenges but I am going to conquer them all.  Right?

Next week we will be working on Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Chrysanthemum.    Two of my favorites.  What are your favorite?  I would love to hear.

One last thing....a very special Welcome to my new followers, I got a few more in the last few days! Thanks for showing support all! Erin

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back to School Night

So we had back to school night the other night and it seemed pretty well.  Today was our first day and again not too bad.  I know that every year brings challenges and I know that we have a ton of room for improvement but, it wasn't my worst.  Thats for sure!!  I did want to share some things I am using in my classroom.

So every year I wonder how to share supplies at the tables in Kindergarten.  It is a task that may be easy for some but really it keeps my mind busy.  I wanted to keep my bright rainbow colors idea going around my room and found these awesome colorful pencil boxes and lidded cups.  I added scrap booking stickers for table numbers and stars because, our mascot is All Stars.  In the cup I put two boxes of 24 crayons, and in the boxes I added markers, 8 pencils (2 per kid), glue sticks, and a big eraser.  I have 4 per table and hope that this will work.  I will pass out scissors when needed.  Thoughts??  I'd love to hear them.  

On to the next project.  I had a 24 slot mail sorter.  It is old, gray and lets just say it.....UGLY!  It was falling apart and it is made of plywood.  I acquired it so that means it was free!!  Couldn't get rid of a free item....right??  So I used some wood glue and that fixed the falling apart issue.  Now what to do with the gray UGLY issue.  I thought about Mod Podging it with cute fabric or paper.  Sounded good but messy.  And then I had an epiphany.....DUCT TAPE!!  Here are some pics before first then after.  Again opinions??  You know I love to hear what you think.

Before = UGLY

After, side view

Front view, half way through

Other side.

What do ya think??  

Since today was the first day of school, I am going to have to blog on that at a later time.  Too tired for more.  : )  Can't wait to hear what you have to say about my projects.  

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Classroom Update...Pictures!

So I know I have kept you all waiting to see some of the "after" pictures of my new classroom.  I have been working my fingers to the bone.  And of course I am not completely finished.  I have had some real fun mishaps, and some crazy DIY (more on that later).  But, here are some pictures of my new room.  More will follow in the next few days I hope ; )

This is my first bulletin board I finished.  I used the
Whole Brain Teaching rules.  Love them!

This is my calendar area.  I still have to add the days 
of the week, but I found this great wrapping paper
in the closet and had to use it.  

This is the bulletin board I will use to introduce
new books and themes.

I used some more wrapping paper and colored duct 
tape on my desk and filing cabinet area.  I am still
organizing this, as you can see.  

My Word Wall

And this is my kitchen area, with my homemade
window, and my show off board ; )  I have to get a 
few more close pins.  I ran out. 

Can't wait to share the rest with you in the next few days.  Hope this helps others, as much as looking at other's rooms helps me, get great ideas.  

Monday, August 6, 2012

Can it be??

I went from 3, yes a wonderful 3 but, 3 followers to a AMAZING 10 followers in one week!  Can you believe it???  I almost can not,  I though there was some kind of mistake when I saw the numbers.
Any who, because I am working my bottom off in making this blog great and my classroom PLUS my TpT and Pin boards I am feeling so generous, and I want to also thank you amazing followers for giving me a chance.  Love you already!!

Here is a freebie I know you will love!  Spread the word it is not just for followers. ; )

By the way, I meant to upload pics of my classroom (halfway though) today but, we were not able to get into our room until this afternoon.  Again.  So with in the next 2 days I should post some pics.  Thanks for being patient. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012


So turning this PERSONAL blog into a CLASSROOM, TEACHING, PERSONAL, CRAFT, ETC  blog.  
Here is something I have been planning for a while.  I am going to post my classroom BEFORE pics. I have been working my BUTT off ladies and gents!  I can't wait to post the after pics because they rock so far!!  Here is what you have to think about for the next few days.